‘An idleness bordering on the wacky’: Paul Cox and the contradictions of an Australian art cinema
In a short review of Paul Cox’sMyFirstWifewritten at the time of the ﬁlm’s release in 1984,
Ross Gibson ended an admiring inventory of its central elements (themes of private life and
social deﬁnitions, ‘formal sensitivity and restrained ingenuity’) with an ambivalent coda.
‘The other salient feature of the ﬁlm – perhaps a recommendation, perhaps not – is its art’